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Melanie Asmar

Senior Reporter, Chalkbeat Colorado

Melanie Asmar has covered Denver Public Schools for Chalkbeat Colorado since 2015. Asmar previously worked at Westword newspaper in Denver and for a daily newspaper in New Hampshire, where she covered education. Follow her on Twitter at @MelanieAsmar.

That’s one finding from the biennial Healthy Kids Colorado survey. The results point to the need for more support for LGBTQ+ youth.
A controversial March decision had unintended consequences that limited some innovation school flexibility, board members argued.
Summer Connections is like a super-sized version of Denver Public Schools’ usual summer programming, paid for with federal COVID relief funds.
It took nine rounds of voting and several tense exchanges to fill the District 5 vacancy.
The charter schools proposed to replicate the STEM School in Highlands Ranch, provide an education that centers Black students, and offer an arts option for elementary students.
Citing unintended consequences, a majority of Denver school board members support moving forward a proposal to overturn parts of a new policy limiting school autonomy.
Declining enrollment is one of Denver Public Schools’ most pressing issues. An annual report takes a deep dive into the numbers. Here’s what it says.
“I thought, ‘Well, if I die sitting next to these two people, then it’s not that bad. And that’s a thought no student should have in a classroom.’ ”
Unions representing Denver school custodians, food service workers, and aides want an $18/hour pay hike, but district officials say that is not sustainable.
Metrics for evaluating the superintendent say he should identify at least two “enduring systems of oppression” within the district to be dismantled.
“No solo queremos que nuestro maestro regrese, también queremos más maestros que se vean como él.”
We spoke with 4 students at Denver’s North High about losing teacher Tim Hernández and why teacher diversity matters.
The applicants are vying to replace Brad Laurvick, who will step down next month.
Manual High’s JROTC program will be transferred to bigger Northfield High school next year, a move alumni who praise the program and its instructor say is wrong.
El distrito de Denver ahorrará millones de dolares por el corte de 76 puestos. Así se propone gastarlos.
The amended bill gives semi-autonomous innovation zones some recourse when they disagree with school district decisions while preserving local control.
But the district is leaving the details to schools, and not all students are getting help.
Among the uses: opening six community hubs serving students and families, raising hourly wages, and more.
The board is looking to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of member Brad Laurvick, who represents northwest Denver.
Denver Superintendent Alex Marrero is cutting dozens of administrator and support jobs to save DPS $9 million.
Polis is one of few elected Democrats to speak out against the changes, which could make it harder for charters to get startup grants.
As Denver debates contentious issues, school leaders were told to keep concerns internal and support district positions when acting in an official capacity.
Denver directs more money to schools where students have higher needs. But per-student funding is increasingly coming under fire.
The bill would give semi-autonomous innovation zones a recourse they don’t currently have when they disagree with local school board decisions.
Spurred by student advocacy, the Denver school board is expected to pass a set of climate action policies that high schoolers co-created.
The board is hoping to appoint someone in June to serve the remainder of Brad Laurvick’s term, which ends in November 2023.
Many teachers support reunification as best for students and the community, but the layoffs are a painful part of the process.
Los cierres de escuelas son muy impopulares y a menudo injustos. Denver corre el riesgo de repetirlo.
Denver Public Schools and the teachers union are collaborating on quantifying the work of specialists like school psychologists to make their jobs more manageable.
The committee’s purpose is a controversial one: to come up with criteria for closing or consolidating schools.